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  1.    2 Weeks Ago #11
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 2,023
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

    What security do you have on this system? The ad you show looks like it may not be anything to do with Windows or Microsoft.

    A lot of companies on the internet are not averse to loading "extras" onto your system when you download that "Must Have" tool or other program. Many of these will tie into the operating system and feed you ads that you do not need or want

    a scan with something like Adaware might find and remove the infection I think you may have
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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #12
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    NW Florida
    Posts : 9,983
    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider

    That AD looks like something from Softronic. Most likely something you downloaded from there.
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #13
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Posts : 1,656
    Windows 10 Home x64

    Exactly. I've pretty much quit using Softronic because of the pop ups and misdirection there. Really went downhill imho. Agree with Barman58 about the Adaware. It should help. No offense, but be more careful when at Softronic these days.
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #14
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Posts : 251
    Win 10 pro

    Quote Originally Posted by xpac5896 View Post
    I've already turned off Cortana but haven't restarted the puter yet, will do so after posting.
    Of course you should restart, it does not seems like a typical cortana add though.
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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #15
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Nothern Ohio
    Posts : 900
    Windows 7/64 Professional

    Some suggestions.

    Stop using Softronic.

    Four programs I use with success. These programs should remove your 'ad' garbage.

    1. AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes.
    2. Malwarebytes anti malware.
    3. Eset free Online scanner.
    4. Super Anti Spyware.

    Malwarebytes | AdwCleaner

    Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Malware Removal

    Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scan from ESET ESET

    SUPERAntiSpyware Download

    Back when dinosaurs were wearing short pants 'Cnet' was a good place to get downloads and then they went to hell in a hand basket.
    I don't know what they are like now for downloads because I haven't used them in years.

    Last edited by Layback Bear; 2 Weeks Ago at 14:01.
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  6.    2 Weeks Ago #16
    Join Date : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 5,577
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.125

    CNET is still the king of bundled software, avoid at all costs.
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  7.    2 Weeks Ago #17
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 2,023
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

    Where possible only get software from the manufacturer's site, these days even this can result in issues with unwanted software, so you should check everything
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  8.    2 Weeks Ago #18
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,825
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    The screen shot looks like a Chrome or Firefox push notification.
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  9.    2 Weeks Ago #19
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 30,392
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    The screen shot looks like a Chrome or Firefox push notification.
    Yes it does, Edwin. Pop-ups of permitted notifications.
    @xpac5896, at the upper left of the address bar in your browser, click the information icon and see if you have any specific granted permissions for sites that are causing issues, and turn them off.

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    Also, in Firefox options (Don't know the equivalent in Chrome/Edge or others), check in the Options/Privacy and Security to see if any domains have blanket permission to push notifications out to you. Adjust as needed.

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  10.    2 Weeks Ago #20
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Brooklyn, NY
    Posts : 302
    Windows 10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    CNET is still the king of bundled software, avoid at all costs.
    I agree. I wanted to download IranView but there stupid site kept linking me to Cnet download for the 64-bit version. I then found it on

    Welcome IrfanView (64-bit) users
    No thanks.

    Download IrfanView 64 Bit - MajorGeeks
    No crapware.
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